Robert Ritchie, known in the music biz as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kid Rock[/lastfm], was honored this past weekend by the Detroit branch of the NAACP with the Great Expectations Award.
Many question the honor due to Rock’s display of the Confederate flag during his on-stage performances… hence the protests.
Detroit NAACP President Wendell Anthony said Rock was being honored for his advocacy of the city, but that did satisfy the 50 plus protesters outside the venue.
Those protesting said the use of the flag symbolizes racial oppression of the blacks in the south. They also went as far as burning a replica of the Confederate flag.
[pullquote quote=”We’re not lifting up the flag, we’re lifting up a gentleman who has worked very hard to be a booster for Detroit.” credit=”Detroit’s NAACP President Wendell Anthony”]
According to pollstar.com, Kid Rock a Macomb County, Michigan native, says he uses the flag to honor the southern rock band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lynyrd Skynyrd[/lastfm] and stated, “I love America. I love Detroit, and I love black people.”
This honor and fundraiser is no joke; this dinner is Detroit NAACP’s largest fund raising event and the keynote speaker for the event was Civil Rights pioneer John Lewis.
The before mentioned Wendell Anthony stated, “We’re not lifting up the flag, we’re lifting up a gentleman who has worked very hard to be a booster for Detroit.”
Kid Rock’s family-ran foundation has been active in the Detroit area and other parts of the nation.
The foundation has supported the Detroit-based Karmanos Cancer Institute’s research and patient care, and recently raised $50,000 to storm-relieve efforts in the tornado-stricken south.
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